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Old 10-02-2011, 09:39 AM   #2
Tim Ruijs
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Dojo: Makato/Netherlands
Location: Netherlands - Leusden
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 463
Re: First class as a teacher

It is been a few years since I first taught class. It was out of necessity: our teacher had stopped and we just wanted to continue, so we did. A friend of my and me took turns in teaching, but never thought much of it. Years later I was asked to teach in France for a group of 50 students on a seminar of my current teacher. That was great and tough. First there was the language barrier and next teach to my teacher's students? WOW. And it went well: They had fun and so did I. Not much later it proved it was a test! A few months later I started my own dojo. The first few lessons were pretty hard: I tried to almost cramp in all my knowledge in one hour. That did not work...

The thing that impressed me most was the respect you get when you take your position in front of the group.

In a real fight:
* If you make a bad decision, you die.
* If you don't decide anything, you die.
Aikido teaches you how to decide.
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